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How to Live Stream Zoom to Facebook and Youtube Live (+ Alternatives)
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How to Live Stream Zoom to Facebook and Youtube Live (+ Alternatives)

Michael DamAug 15, 20226 mins
Why do we live-stream Zoom?

One of Zoom’s most impressive features is its live streaming option. The feature, which is available to customers on its paid plans, distinguishes it as a top-tier web conferencing tool.

It allows you to broadcast your meetings and events from Zoom to Facebook Live and YouTube and reach a wider audience. You can also live stream to third-party streaming apps using the custom live streaming option. 

In addition to these, there are cool touches like the approximately 20-second delay between the Zoom event and the live stream. This window allows you to have some control over what goes on the live stream. 

In this article, we will look at:

  • How to live stream Zoom to Facebook and Youtube Live

  • Why we live stream on Facebook and Youtube Live 

  • Alternative streaming platforms

Why do we live-stream Zoom? 

There are several cases for live-streaming Zoom meetings and events but the main reasons include: 

Zoom’s participant limit: Zoom One has participant limits for all its tiers and a maximum of 1000 live interactive participants in its enterprise plan. The alternatives, Zoom Events and Zoom Webinar, which support up to 50,000 people are significantly more expensive options than live streaming and still do not offer the unlimited attendance it does.

Access to events: Accessing events on your Facebook and Youtube platforms are easier to use than using Zoom. For one, most people are more comfortable with navigating the platforms than they are with using Zoom.

Secondly, Facebook and Youtube do not require that you download their apps before accessing their streaming services. So, you can do all you need to do on your browser.

Reach a larger audience: Zoom meetings and events are usually limited to participants who received invites or the meeting link - so their spread is often restricted to people who have some form of connection.

On Youtube or Facebook, on the other hand, people can access content from people within and outside their connections. This means that you can unlock a completely different audience with live streaming.

Live and on-demand access to content: Live streaming your events and meetings on Facebook and Youtube Live allows your audience to access them both in real-time and on demand. This is because you can save the video on your streaming page or account and your audience can come back to watch it whenever they want.

How to stream Zoom to Facebook Live 

Step 1: Enable live streaming of Zoom meetings/webinars on Facebook

The first thing you have to do is enable live streaming on your Zoom web portal. To achieve this: 

  • Sign in to your Zoom account via your web browser

  • Select Settings on the left side of your dashboard and click on the Meeting tab. 

  • Navigate your options to In Meeting (Advanced), and click on it.

  • You will be presented with several meeting management options. Scroll down and toggle the Allow live streaming of meetings section to enable it. Alternatively, you could just type in the setting you are looking for in the Search Settings bar at the top of the page.

  • Then, check the Facebook box from the list and click Save

Step 2: Start your meeting or event as a host

You have to be a host of the meeting or event you intend to live stream to Facebook. Once you make sure of this, you can start a new meeting by simply clicking on New Meeting after signing in to your Zoom account.

To start a scheduled meeting:

  • Sign into your Zoom account.

  • Click on Meetings and select Upcoming to view your scheduled meeting.

  • Select the meeting you want to start and click on Start.

Step 3: Go live on Facebook

  • Once your meeting starts, navigate your controls at the bottom of your screen and click More

  • Then select Live on Facebook from the options that pop up. 

  • Select where on Facebook you want to Livestream from the options after signing in.

  • Configure the other settings in your meeting and add your meeting description.

  • Click on Go Live! and your live stream will begin.

Step 4: End Zoom Stream to Facebook Live

When you wish to end streaming your Zoom meeting or event to Facebook, click More and select End Livestream.

There you have it! You have successfully completed your Zoom to Facebook live stream.

How to stream Zoom to Youtube Live 

Streaming Zoom to Youtube Live requires following pretty much the same steps as streaming to Facebook Live.

Step 1: Enable live streaming of Zoom meetings/webinars on YouTube

If you haven’t, you have to enable live streaming to Youtube on your Zoom web portal by doing the following:

  • Sign in to your Zoom account via your web browser.

  • Select Settings on the left side of your dashboard and click on the Meeting tab. 

  • Navigate your options to In Meeting (Advanced), and click on it.

  • Scroll down and toggle the Allow live streaming of meetings section to enable it. You could also simply just in the setting you are looking for in the Search Settings bar at the top of the page.

  • Check the Youtube box from the list and click Save


Step 2: Start your meeting/webinar

As is with streaming to Facebook Live, you must also be a host of a meeting or webinar to live stream from Zoom to Youtube Live. 

You can follow the steps exactly as described above to start your meeting.

Step 3: Go live on Youtube

  • Navigate your controls and click More

  • Select Live on Youtube from the options that pop up.

  • Select the Youtube channel you want to live stream to and configure the other settings. 

  • Click on Go Live! and your live stream will begin.

What are the alternatives to streaming Zoom to Facebook and Youtube Live?

Zoom also allows you to live stream meetings and events to other platforms via its custom live streaming service. This is useful if you want to live stream your meetings on platforms other than Facebook or Youtube or schedule your live stream on Youtube or Facebook ahead of your meeting.

The first and most important thing you have to do is enable custom live streaming on your Zoom portal.

How to enable live streaming Zoom to custom platforms

  • Sign in to your Zoom account via your web browser.

  • Select Settings on the left side of your dashboard and click on the Meeting tab. 

  • Navigate your options to In Meeting (Advanced), and click on it.

  • Scroll down and toggle the Allow live streaming of meetings section to enable it. Alternatively, you could just type in the setting you are looking for in the Search Settings bar at the top of the page.

  • Check the Custom Live Streaming Service box.

  • Click Save

It’s that easy!

Top 4 Facebook and Youtube Live Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to Facebook and Youtube Live to stream your Zoom meetings or events, the following are great options: 

  • Vimeo Livestream

  • StreamYard

  • Restream

  • Twitch

Vimeo Livestream

Vimeo Livestream is a video live streaming platform that, on its own, allows you to broadcast video content in real-time. You can also live stream your Zoom meetings and webinars to Vimeo Livestream. 

Compared to Facebook and Youtube, Vimeo has a smaller audience and is more expensive with its live stream plan starting at $75 monthly. But Vimeo has more advanced live streaming features and you can live stream to up to three different platforms at the same time. 

StreamYard

StreamYard is an easy-to-use live streaming studio. It also has features of web conferencing platforms like screen sharing, guest interviewing, and recording. 

Like Vimeo, StreamYard has multi-streaming so you can broadcast your video to different platforms at the same time.

StreamYard’s pricing range is between $0 to $39 monthly.

Restream

Restream is a live streaming service that is typically used for multi-platform streaming. Restream is compatible with several other streaming and social platforms.

It is commonly used by professionals, businesses, and content creators to stream their videos to multiple platforms at the same time.

Its pricing range is between $0 and $41 monthly.

Twitch

Twitch is the most similar to Youtube Live. It is a live streaming service used majorly for entertainment and gaming content. 

Zoom has made it easier to stream meetings to Twitch with its in-app integration. So, if you link your Twitch account to Zoom, you can stream your meetings directly like you would with Facebook and Youtube Live. 

Twitch is free and you don’t have to create an account to access content on the platform.

FAQ 

What is the difference between Zoom vs. Facebook Live?

The main difference between Zoom and Facebook Live is that while the former is primarily a web conferencing software, the latter is for live-streaming

So, while Zoom supports multidirectional video and audio among people (usually) within common groups, live streaming often has a one-way video/audio signal from a presenter to a broader, view-only audience. 

Secondly, Zoom is commonly used for business, educational, and other official purposes while Facebook Live is commonly for personal and entertainment purposes.

Why is Zoom to Facebook Live not working?

Your attempt to stream from Zoom to Facebook Live might fail if:

  • You are not actively subscribed to any of Zoom’s paid plans

  • You have not enabled live streaming to Facebook on your Zoom portal

  • You are not the host of the meeting or webinar you wish to stream to Facebook Live

  • You do not have the required permissions to stream to the Facebook page or group you want to

If all these are in place, your Zoom to Facebook Live might be failing because of any one or more of the following:

  • Network issues

  • Browser's cache and cookies

  • Zoom desktop client 

If you have these problems, check and fix your connection problems, clear your browser's cache and cookies, and update your Zoom desktop app to version 5.3.0 or higher (for macOS and Windows).

Can you live stream from Zoom to multiple platforms?

You can not live stream directly from Zoom to multiple platforms simultaneously. However, you can achieve this if you use a third-party streaming service. 

Michael Dam

Michael started his career as a product manager and then developed a passion for writing. He has been writing on technology, remote working, productivity, etc., hoping to share his thoughts with more people.

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